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COVID-19 disproportionately affects people of color in U.S.: poll
update:August 03,2021
Aug. 3, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected people of color in the United States, U.S. news magazine Newsweek reported on Saturday, citing a survey conducted by U.S. market analytics company The Harris Poll.
It revealed that some one in four Latina women in the U.S. have had a family member die due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, Latina women are at least 5 percent more likely to get infected or have a family member who contracts the coronavirus than other women of color, according to the survey.
Nearly 80 percent of Latina women have reported feeling personally affected by the pandemic, whether they fell ill, lost a family member, lost a job, faced eviction or struggled to make payments, the survey said.
At least 37 percent of Latina women also reported facing mental health difficulties amid the pandemic, as compared to 29 percent of Black women and 34 percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women, it said.
The poll was conducted from April 7 to May 16 with 1,617 U.S. adult women who self-identify as Black or African American, of Hispanic, Latina or Spanish-speaking background, or AAPI , or of "any ethnicity/national origin" recognized in the Asian race by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Additionally, vaccination rates in the U.S have continually been "lower among people of color than white individuals" since the rollout initiated in December, according to July data from the country's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
"So far, less than 10 percent of Black and Asian Americans have been vaccinated for COVID-19, while roughly 16 percent of Hispanic and Latino Americans have received at least one dose, according to the CDC. By comparison, over 58 percent of white people in the U.S. are at least partially vaccinated against the virus," the survey noted.
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